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Human pigmentation genes under environmental selection

Richard A Sturm1* and David L Duffy2

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1 Institute for Molecular Bioscience, Melanogenix Group, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Qld 4072, Australia

2 Queensland Institute of Medical Research, Brisbane, Qld 4029, Australia

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Genome Biology 2012, 13:248  doi:10.1186/gb-2012-13-9-248

Published: 27 September 2012


Genome-wide association studies and comparative genomics have established major loci and specific polymorphisms affecting human skin, hair and eye color. Environmental changes have had an impact on selected pigmentation genes as populations have expanded into different regions of the globe.